3 Amazing Benefits of Choosing Neutral Colours When Shopping

3 Amazing Benefits of Choosing Neutral Colours When Shopping

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Neutral Colours

When it comes to beauty, a great style can be very opinionative. Some people love to equip vibrant clothes, with sparkling jewellery to stand out amongst the crowd. Whereas, others prefer the smart look, so they can feel a million dollars without everyone stopping and staring. But, I believe neutral colours can suit any style, and you can achieve a wonderful look by taking the minimalistic approach.

Although, neutral colours just aren’t utilised enough, and I feel that’s because people just aren’t aware of the benefits. You often heat that neutral colours get avoided because they’re perceived as boring, or uninspiring. But, that’s certainly not the case, and I’ve listed some advantages to choosing neutral colours…

Can be matched with anything

Neutral colours can literally be accompanied by any other clothing item, regardless of the colour or design. This makes them a brilliant asset to any wardrobe because we all know how difficult it is to choose an outfit at the best of times. Plus, they’re very versatile, which means you can save a lot of time if you have a busy schedule. For instance, if you have a job throughout the day, but then want to go for a drink with friends straight afterwards, your neutral attire will look fantastic for both.

Great choice for travelling

When it comes to travelling, it’s all about taking the essentials that you need. Why? Because if you attempt to take too many items of clothing, you either won’t be able to fit it into your suitcase, or you’ll rack up high luggage costs for all the excess weight. Now, with neutral colours, you’ll be able to take a small selection of outfits, which can be used in many different scenarios. Just imagine how much easier travelling would be if you could just pack your clothes within minutes, rather than having a stressful decision over what items you’ll need to leave at home.

Save Money

Neutral Colours

A huge factor when buying clothes is staying within budget, and searching for neutral colours will save you an awful lot of money overall. That’s because you won’t need to purchase several outfits for different occasions, as neutral colours are flexible, yet beautiful enough to look great all day, every day. In addition, neutral coloured clothing often costs much less, as they’re often considered very basic. Although, despite being basic in colour, they’re certainly not basic when it comes to aesthetics.

Ultimately, neutral colours offer a vast array of benefits, and believe it or not, can actually enhance your appearance. I’m a strong believer that sometimes, less is more. So, you don’t need to put maximum effort in all the time with your outfit, as you can still look gorgeous even with neutral coloured clothing on a horrible, rainy day.

Few Things to Know about Jeans for Wheelchair Users

Few Things to Know about Jeans for Wheelchair Users

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Jeans for Wheelchair Users

Choosing jeans as a wheelchair user is often not straightforward.  Traditional jeans are not designed for people who are seated so there are some things for designers to think about and things for wheelchair users to consider when selecting the most suitable pair of jeans.

Take a look at this video to find out more.

Living with Chronic Pain – The Experience of a Wheelchair User

Living with Chronic Pain – The Experience of a Wheelchair User

My name is Samanta Bullock and I’ve been a wheelchair user for the past 25 years after an accident when I was 14 years old. Chronic pain has also accompanied me on this journey.  It is a very strong pain, a very sharp pain and kind of hot all at the same time. Every one that has this type of pain has different feelings. It is due to the nervous system being damaged and to date there is no cure.  I experience the pain 24 hours a day 7 days a week –  all the time basically. To be in a wheelchair is not that hard compared to living with constant pain.

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“Walking” in Richmond Park in London

I’ve been to a pain management clinic where they help me to live with the pain and give me some advise on how to manage and ‘soften’ it.
One of the things I have learned is that the pain is not my enemy, it is my friend and it is part of me.  I have made peace with my pain, understood it is there and I have tried to live a happy and fulfilling life.

The other thing I have learned is to change my focus. On the days where the pain is getting stronger and intense I just go to the gym or do another form of physical activity.  Exercise is such a good thing, releasing endorfiness and it instantly making you feel better.   Alternatively I  watch a funny movie.  Once your mind concentrates on something else the pain does not have any space to be present . I also go out with friends, talk with my family. Simple things take the attention away from the pain. It all helps.

I have learned to understand that sometimes there is nothing I can do.  If I am extremely tired I now accept that getting some rest is part of the game. I no longer criticise myself for that.  I accept I am tired and with some rest I will be feeling much better.  Taking pain killers helped. Sometimes I didn’t need much, just enough to keeping going. For sure, in the past,  I was on so much medication and it wasn’t helping my overall wellbeing.  I was always very tired  and my memory affected. Also the body is smart and the more medication you take more the body gets used to it. So every time you increase the dosage of a drug the body will adjust and soon you will need a higher dosage. After 24 years I was tired of using drugs all the time and dealing with the side effects including nausea, fatigue, dizziness, sores,etc.

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Healthy Eating

So I started to meditate, and it has helped so much. To be in the moment, to filter my thoughts and to soften my emotions.  Meditation makes me much more aware of my body and my emotions.  But the best thing I did for my pain was to change my diet. Pain comes to show us that something is not quite right, such as when I need to go to the toilet  or when I have an infection, or when I am sitting too long in the same position. Any ‘wrong’ thing that my body recognises as a threat can trigger pain. So I learned to monitor my body very closely.  I realised that too much sugar or when I couldn’t go to the toilet  because my stomach was dry, were the first causes of my pain. Too many classes of  wine, chocolate or cakes at night would cause me to feel pain all night. So I went vegetarian and it has made all the difference.  I think that because I am no longer eating meat I can empty my bowels more often and I wasn’t constipated any more. My level of energy increased and I could start to reduce some medicine that I had been taking for years.  This effect became a snow ball.  The better I felt better the more I reduced my medication, the more energy I had, and the less I wanted to eat meat and processed food. It is not that I don’t eat any processed, but now I am much more aware of everything that I eat and how my body responds to it.

I have reduced my medication by 85% and I hope in the future to be ‘drug free’.  For sure I still have my bad days, mainly when I am sick with infection  but since changing my lifestyle I have far fewer infections.

Shall we have a “cup” together?

When my pain comes I ask if she wants to have a cup to tea with me!  Its part of me, but she is is much more gentle nowadays and I hope that is the way it will be. I am keeping my part of the agreement with her I don’t give her many reasons to be there and she respects that and doesn’t disturb me too often. We are living in peace right now.

Please let me know in the comments if you have any pain and how you  deal with it.

Why Fashion is So Wonderful at Creating Inclusion

Why Fashion is So Wonderful at Creating Inclusion

There is a common misconception amongst the general public that the fashion industry is full of stereotypes, social stigmas, and ostracism. Now, while it could certainly improve on all of those, fashion is definitely much better than it is made out to be. In fact, it can actually have a hugely positive impact on society, as the universal love of beautiful clothing, applying makeup and styling hair can bring people together.

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Take a look at my Interview for London Fashion Week Scout

This is especially the case for minority groups, and as a woman in a wheelchair myself, I know how included fashion can make you feel. Life can often be difficult for disabled people; some people simply don’t know how to approach someone in a wheelchair, and that can become quite challenging. So, the fact that fashion gives everyone, regardless of disability, ethnicity or gender, the chance to feel valued, is amazing.

Although, some people will still disagree and wonder how exactly fashion creates such inclusion. Well, that’s why I’ve put together a short list, to show that fashion is more than just a focus on appearance!

Boost Self – Love and Confidence

One of the most obvious ways that it helps is through the enhancement of self-love, and the increase in confidence. If you’re happy with what you see in the mirror, then you’re going to feel great about yourself. Once you acquire that sense of self-love, you won’t fear to talk to new people anymore, and that’s when you’ll realise that ninety-nine percent of people are open to getting to know you.

Gives You a Reason to Socialise 

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London Fashion Week Project

If you love dressing up, getting your make up on, or styling your hair, then it just gives you that extra motivation to go out and showcase all of that. Therefore, if you keep socialising, and getting out the house, you’ll feel included more and more, and won’t feel like you’re isolated at home.

It’s Empowering

The fact that you can express your personality through the style of clothing that you choose, or the appearance that you go for, is very empowering. It highlights that every human-being is different, and that’s why the world is such a special place. The moment you feel so included, is when you recognise that everyone is in the same position, and we’re all just trying to display originality through our fashion choices.

Feel Comfortable with What You’re Wearing 

Fashion is one of those things that truly gives you the opportunity to feel comfortable in your clothes, no matter who you are. Typically, being in a wheelchair is a struggle when it comes to comfortable clothing. For instance, jeans often limit mobility and hurt due to the hard materials. So, being able to find fashionable clothes that fit well, and allow you to feel comfortable, is a real empowerment.

Creates Healthy Discussions

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Saint Martins Talk

One of the ways that people don’t see fashion as positive, is the way that it always creates discussions. No matter who you are, you could easily chat to someone about the latest fashion trend, or the newest piece of clothing that is dividing opinion. You see, that’s a great thing, as it means no-one is excluded from conversations, as we can all have our opinion on fashion.

I hope you’ve found this article useful, and it would be great to know. Please leave a comment below!